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A proper response to the massacre at Kenya’s Garissa University College

Jonathan Horowitz

2015-04-10, Issue 721

c c M24
Kenya’s counter-terrorism strategies are woefully ineffective and counterproductive, as the repeated murderous attacks show. Only sound approaches and implementation of long-delayed security sector reforms will protect the people from the al-Shabaab menace.

Bokoharamization of politics and the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-04-10, Issue 721

c c LD
The Islamic militant group Boko haram, which has wreaked havoc in parts of Nigeria, influenced the outcome of this year’s presidential election. These terrorists must be eliminated as the first priority of the new administration, along with other urgent scourges such as endemic corruption.

Power and resistance at the World Social Forum

Hamza Hamouchene

2015-04-08, Issue 721

c c GTJ
Attempts by regional states to hijack this unique political gathering again expose how governments seek to co-opt the global justice movement.

Beyond the politics of the Nile

Perspectives on the Declaration of Principles regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Minga Negash, Seid Hassan, Mammo Muchie and Abu Girma

2015-04-08, Issue 721

c c MZ
The Agreement reached between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the use of the Nile waters has sparked furious debate within and outside these countries. Overall the treaty is lopsided in favour of Egypt and is unlikely to resolve once and for all the fierce competition for the Nile.

Reject Rhodes, rename university after Sobukwe

Aubrey Mokoape

2015-04-08, Issue 721

c c YT
Cecil John Rhodes was a most odious and obnoxious man who held Black people in extreme contempt. He epitomised white racism, capitalist greed and imperialism. The university named after him should instead be dedicated to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, a man of unparalleled integrity and a consummate intellectual who devoted his entire life to Black freedom.

Why is one man’s position worth more than 22 lives?

Crime, corruption and politics: A deadly conflation of power at Glebelands Hostel, Durban

Vanessa Burger

2015-04-08, Issue 721

c c IOL
Glebelands is an African National Congress stronghold. But the cost of the ruling party’s dogged determination to entrench one man’s position in the face of years of community struggle for his redeployment has been incalculable and utterly iniquitous.

A BRICS parliamentary group

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2015-04-10, Issue 721

c c SCS
Ahead of the next BRICS summit this July, the bloc is considering establishing a parliamentary group. Russia is pushing this project, together with plans to promote cooperation among trade unions, civil society organizations and youth movements.

The fall of Cecil John Rhodes and the rise of Black power

Veli Mbele

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c SAH
Cecil Rhodes is back in the news, following Black student protests to have his statue removed from the University of Cape Town. Rhodes’s unparalled evil legacy is still palpable across Africa. By splashing Rhodes’s statue with human excrement, the brave Black students have hit a raw nerve in the ‘sensitive’, ‘innocent’ and ‘pure’ white body.

Debating Max Price on Cecil Rhodes

Adekeye Adebajo

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c DL
The public defence of British arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town is astounding in its brazen attempt to re-write history. There is utterly nothing Africans can celebrate in Rhodes’s loathsome legacy.

The Pan-African cultural revolution

Benjamin Woods

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c HB
The rise in Black student activism must be seen as connected to larger global rebellions seeking to supplant white imposed definitions of reality with Black definitions of the world.

A man with a conscience

He returned priceless Benin bronzes looted by his grandfather almost 120 years ago

Kwame Opoku

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c PZ
The key lesson of Walker’s rare gesture is that every people creates its artefacts for its use and that people should not, through violence and other oppressive means, be deprived of the basic human right to cultural development and self-determination of the location of their own artefacts.

A social disservice

Glebelands’ women: faceless victims of the ongoing violence

Mary de Haas and Vanessa Burger

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c IOL
Without the leaders prioritising human life over political power struggles and police performing their duties without fear or favour, nothing else will end the misery for women of Glebelands in Durban - home to about 22 000 rural migrants where police and gangster violence are rife.

An uncommon general

Elizabeth Barad

2015-04-02, Issue 720

c c CP
Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Rtd) was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the genocide 21 years ago. He warned the U.N. of the forthcoming massacres, but he was ignored. The genocide and the failed international response haunt him to this day.

Ruto ICC witness: Murdered by the state?

Highlights from preliminary human rights NGOs report on the disappearance and death of Meshack Yebei

Ken Wafula

2015-03-26, Issue 719

c c KT
Human rights groups in Kenya are conducting their own investigation into the mysterious disappearance and death of a man linked to the crimes against humanity trial of Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court. In their preliminary findings, the groups say Meshack Yebei was murdered in a carefully planned scheme to obstruct justice in the Ruto case.

No longer the party it used to be: The ANC’s stranglehold on justice

Douglas Schorr

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c DS
The tactics that the once revered liberation party ruthlessly deploys to protect its corrupt bigwigs and their business associates from justice are simply shameful. President Zuma and allies have now become fully untouchable by anti-graft prosecutors and investigators.

Party militias and election-related violence in Tanzania

Dastan Kweka

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c DB
Tanzanians will go into an election likely to be very competitive this October. One key concern is that the top political parties keep well-trained militias, despite the law prohibiting this. This has caused security fears around the election.

US and NATO policy underlines instability in Libya and Tunisia

Imperialist states debate over future course of action in dominating region

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-03-26, Issue 719

c c NPR
The EU along with NATO and led by the US are responsible for the current chaos in Libya. This pattern of sanctions, massive bombings, ground interventions through direct occupation or proxy forces have failed throughout the entire region of North Africa and the Middle East.

‘Under no circumstances’ clause is inviolable

On Rwanda’s presidential terms limit in the 2003 constitution

Charles KM Kambanda

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c IN
There is no legal instrument or method to circumvent the presidential terms limit under Article 101 of Rwanda’s constitution, save for a coup which would suspend or abrogate the constitution in its entirety. By the letter and spirit of the 2003 constitution, while the length of a presidential term may be decreased or increased from the current seven years, the two terms limit cannot be legally lifted.

Ivory Coast needs a transition phase

With a sluggish reconciliation process, nation is not ready for a presidential election

Eric Edi

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c PLU
The apparent calm in the West African nation is deceptive. Many unresolved issues have created seething tensions that make the likelihood of renewed violence real. A transitional phase is required, for all actors to prioritize the birth of a new contract and prepare a new electoral cycle by building on past failures.

Women up in arms

Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds embrace a new gender politics

Charlotte Maria Sáenz

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c LC
Working towards a radical way of relating to each other, men and women traverse spaces of war as well as of pastoral, agricultural and domestic care - learning with and from each other whether in the battlefields or making food.

Ethiopian classics: The case of vinyl records

Amira Ali

2015-03-25, Issue 719

c c PZ
Ethiopia’s rich heritage in music immortalized in vinyl records is vanishing into the international collector scene alongside other artifacts. There is a need to reclaim and honor the vinyl classics as part of the ancient nation’s cultural memory.

Kenya: The return of tyranny

Henry Makori

2015-03-16, Issue 718

cc KB
Two years ago, crimes against humanity suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto took power in Kenya. The duo who cut their political teeth under the tutelage of brutal despot Daniel arap Moi, the self-styled “professor of politics”, have spared no effort to push the country back to the dark days of autocracy.

The pains of defending human rights in Kenya

Ruth Mumbi

2015-03-18, Issue 718

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"The officers used brutal force to arrest us. Out of eight human rights defenders arrested, I was the only woman. One of the arresting officers sexually molested me by grabbing my private parts before shoving me into a waiting truck full of anti-riot police who had been brought to disrupt our peaceful protest. We were later released without charge."

The Gambia: 50 years of independence, 20 years of terror

Fatou Diagne

2015-03-17, Issue 718

cc AR
He claimed to be a different kind of soldier and promised not to hang on to power, and never to install a dictatorship. Who said that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely?

They call my father a terrorist

Peter Kenworthy

2015-03-19, Issue 718

c c CN
Ailing Swazi opposition leader Mario Masuku is in prison since May in Africa’s only absolute monarchy, where even mere expression of support for the opposition is considered by the regime as engaging in “terrorism”. Progressive forces throughout the pan-African world must demand the release of this man and many other Swazi prisoners of conscience.

Beyond elections 2015: Class matters arising

Kunle Wizeman Ajayi

2015-03-19, Issue 718

c c PTN
Whether Buhari takes the Nigerian presidency in next week’s hotly contested elections or Jonathan remains is all but irrelevant; real change will only happen when the masses band together, organize and demand better futures instead of lining up behind the rich and powerful whose futures are already secured.

Hedge funds and corporate raiders in Africa: Space invaders of the third kind

Dhiru Soni, Ahmed Shaikh, Anis Karodia and Joseph David

2015-03-16, Issue 718

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The new wave of ‘looting’ of land and other natural resources will likely continue on a scale hitherto unknown. Whatever the supposed benefits of this trend, urgent attention ought to be turned to the thousands of people in Africa and other emerging nations who will become landless in the countries of their birth.

A new Fanonian moment?

The legacy of Frantz Fanon

Hamza Hamouchene

2015-03-17, Issue 718

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Reading Fanon’s thought, one cannot help being absorbed and shaken by his truth and foresight on the bankruptcy and sterility of national bourgeoisies who have tended to replace colonialism with a new class-based system replicating the old colonial structures of exploitation and oppression.

From 119 this year to 120 next year

Celebrating Adwa Victory as the significant African victory over World Empire

Mammo Muchie

2015-03-17, Issue 718

cc YT
Ethiopianism is at the heart of the quest for total African liberation and unity. This glorious early resistance should offer a powerful inspiration for the African people to confront current challenges that are more subtle and insidious than those faced during slavery and colonialism.

Rethinking gender sensitivity in governance for equality in Uganda

Otim Denis Barnabas

2015-03-18, Issue 718

c c BFZ
Post war northern Uganda has been economically and politically deprived leading to the exclusion of especially women in political processes. The inequity in access to resources and to positions of power between the sexes affects the structure of the country as a whole and must be corrected.

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